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Film critic predicts Oscar wins

Film critic predicts Oscar wins

HUNTER FRIESEN, Film Critic

February 21, 2019


Filed under Campus Life, Movie Reviews, Showcase

This Sunday, Feb. 24, will mark the 91st edition of the Academy Awards, as it honors what it deems the best films of 2018. As the ceremony draws near and the ballot process closes, here are my predictions for the above-the-line categories. *Note: There are dozens of precursor award shows leading up t...

Elizabeth Moen performs at Octo

Elizabeth Moen performs at Octo

LEZIGA BARIKOR, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019


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A winter storm rolling into Iowa can sometimes mean canceled plans and events, but not at the Octopus on College Hill. About 50 fans and general local music show-goers came out to see Iowa native Elizabeth Moen perform on Sunday, Feb. 17. Katie Sin opened up for Moen with a solo set. Similar to Moen...

‘Legacy of Light’ empowers women

‘Legacy of Light’ empowers women

ANNA FLANDERS, Staff Writer

February 18, 2019


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Science, comedy, romance, history and even some sword-fighting combine in Theatre UNI’s upcoming production of “Legacy of Light.” The show premieres in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and will continue playing through Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. Written by Karen Zacarias, th...

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ malfunctions where it matters

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ malfunctions where it matters

HUNTER FRIESEN, Film Critic

February 18, 2019


Filed under Campus Life, Movie Reviews, Showcase

In the 23rd century, a colossal war known as “The Fall” took place and wiped out a majority of the people and resources on Earth. The only two places that remain are the poverty-stricken wasteland of Iron City and the luxurious sky city of Zalem. Now in the year 2563, Dr. Dyson Ido scouts through the scraps...

Panther Portrait: BSU Skate Party

Panther Portrait: BSU Skate Party

SOFIA LEGASPI, Campus Life Editor

February 18, 2019


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Hundreds of people laced up their roller skates on Friday evening, Feb. 15, for a skate party hosted by UNI’s Black Student Union (BSU) and Hawkeye Community College. Skaters decked out 1999-2000s fashion glided around the lower basketball courts of the Wellness and Recreation Center (WRC) to music f...

Winter weather survival: health

Winter weather survival: health

COLBY WEBER, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Campus Life, Showcase

Winter is upon us again, and its arrival brings cold temperatures, snow and sickness.  While it may seem like common knowledge, reminders on how to remain safe during this chilly time can be useful. In order to stay in good shape, there are several strategies students can use to survive the winter ...

Celebrating daily togetherness: Rick Truax & Anelia Dimitrova

Celebrating daily togetherness: Rick Truax & Anelia Dimitrova

SOFIA LEGASPI, Campus Life Editor

February 14, 2019


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Each day is Valentine’s Day for Rick Truax and Anelia Dimitrova. This June, the two of them will celebrate 23 years — 8,400 days — of marriage. They have viewed each of those days together as a celebration. “We don’t put hardly any emphasis on birthdays and celebrations; we don’t even p...

‘LEGO Movie 2’ is awesome on all levels

‘LEGO Movie 2’ is awesome on all levels

HUNTER FRIESEN, Film Critic

February 11, 2019


Filed under Campus Life, Movie Reviews, Showcase

Back in 2014, “The LEGO Movie” had to overcome the enormous challenge of adapting a storyless toy brand into a compelling blockbuster. Through expert use of wit and charm, the film became a rightful smash hit that could be enjoyed equally among children and adults. And, for better or worse, it i...

‘Night at the Apollo’ celebrates empowerment

‘Night at the Apollo’ celebrates empowerment

ELIZABETH KELSEY, Staff Writer

February 11, 2019


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As part of their celebration of Black History Month, UNI’s Black Student Union (BSU) hosted a “Night at the Apollo” talent show at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 in Lang Hall Auditorium. Over 100 students and community members packed the auditorium to show their support for the night’s 15 acts, w...

Panther Portrait: ISA Valentines Dance

Panther Portrait: ISA Valentines Dance

SOFIA LEGASPI, Campus Life Editor

February 11, 2019


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Students enjoyed food and fun in the Slife Ballroom in the Commons on Friday evening, Feb. 8, for the International Student Association’s annual Valentine’s Dance. This year’s theme was “Once Upon a Time.”

‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ is a joyously absurd slasher

‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ is a joyously absurd slasher

HUNTER FRIESEN, Film Critic

February 7, 2019


Filed under Campus Life, Movie Reviews, Showcase

The art world can be a cutthroat business, or in the case of the film “Velvet Buzzsaw,” the art world is a business that can literally cut your throat. After a reclusive old man suddenly dies in her apartment building, art assistant Josephina unethically stumbles onto the man’s life work: hun...

Panther Portrait: Marcus Jackson

Panther Portrait: Marcus Jackson

GABRIELLE LEITNER, Art Director

February 7, 2019


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On Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 12:15 p.m., those visiting Maucker Union were treated to a musical performance from singer-songwriter Marcus Jackson, a junior majoring in vocal music education. Jackson’s performance included a mix of piano and vocals. For his set, he selected love songs and R&B soul i...

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