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‘Serse’ hits an operatic high note

‘Serse’ hits an operatic high note

CECILIA MITCHELL, Event Critic

April 18, 2019

G.F. Handel’s “Serse” is a three-act Baroque opera, first performed in 1738. On Saturday, April 13, I had the pleasure of viewing UNI Opera’s second, and final, performance of “Serse” in Bengtson Auditorium and was thoroughly impressed by the talent and dedication put into this well-executed sh...

Recycling changes coming to campus

Recycling changes coming to campus

ELIZABETH KELSEY, Staff Writer

April 15, 2019

With Earth Day just one week away, environmental concerns are blossoming on campus. UNI community members may have noticed that the campus recycling protocol is changing. According to UNI Director of Sustainability Eric O’Brien,  the changes are the result of several related factors in the structure of t...

RodCon 2019

RodCon 2019

SOFIA LEGASPI, Campus Life Editor

April 15, 2019

Rod Library welcomed about 3,000 visitors from UNI, the Cedar Valley and beyond to celebrate all things geek culture during the sixth annual RodCon on Saturday, April 13. “It’s just really great to see all of these people come together,” said Jess Cruz, a member of the RodCon planning committee. ...

Daniel Franzese doesn’t even go here

Daniel Franzese doesn’t even go here

SOFIA LEGASPI, Campus Life Editor

April 15, 2019

The third time really was the charm for Daniel Franzese as his “Yass, You’re Amazing” comedy tour made its long-awaited stop at UNI. Best known for starring as Damian Leigh in the 2004 cult classic film “Mean Girls,” Franzese had previously been scheduled to visit UNI in January, then in ...

SigEp raises awareness with See-SAAW

SigEp raises awareness with See-SAAW

LEZIGA BARIKOR, Staff Writer

April 11, 2019

On Monday, April 8, the UNI chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) brought out their annual 24-hour See-SAAW event to raise awareness for sexual assault on college campuses. It was a bright and sunny day to be seesawing, but as SigEp members rotated shifts at night, the reality of the issue of sexual assault...

Library prepares for RodCon 2019

Library prepares for RodCon 2019

COLBY WEBER, Staff Writer

April 11, 2019

Superheroes of all kinds will be teaming up this Saturday as Rod Library hosts its sixth annual RodCon. “RodCon is a mini Comic-Con that is free and open to the public,” said Rod Library Public Relations Coordinator Melinda Beland. “It’s supposed to connect the UNI community to the public by...

‘Pet Semetary’ is uneven horror experience

‘Pet Semetary’ is uneven horror experience

HUNTER FRIESEN, Film Critic

April 11, 2019

What if you had the option to bring someone back from the dead? Would you seize the opportunity to get a second chance or would you turn away and leave the dead as they were? Author Stephen King posed and gave a grisly answer to this very question with his 1983 cult-classic novel, “Pet Sematary.”...

UNI Museum unveils mastodon tusk

UNI Museum unveils mastodon tusk

CECILIA MITCHELL and SOFIA LEGASPI

April 8, 2019

Nearly nine decades ago, a man in Hampton, Iowa was digging a gravel pit and struck something with his shovel. He discovered a 12-foot long, 600-pound mastodon tusk. “It was really a big deal in the state and even bigger in the small town of Hampton,” said Nathan Arndt, UNI Museum’s assistant di...

SGE installs LED bulbs for Latham

SGE installs LED bulbs for Latham

NICOLE BAXTER, Staff Writer

April 8, 2019

For a brief moment on the afternoon of Thursday, April 4, the hallways of Latham Hall were dark. Students from Sigma Gamma Epsilon (SGE), a student group that provides Earth Sciences programming on campus,  gathered their members and invited helpers to replace the ceiling lights to a more energy efficient model. ...

Panther Portrait: Drag Ball

Panther Portrait: Drag Ball

MICHAEL OASHEIM, News Editor

April 8, 2019

Scores of students and community members alike gathered in Maucker Union on Friday, April 5, to attend the annual Drag Ball for UNI’s Pride Week, hosted by UNI Proud. The show started a little after 8:00 p.m. and featured several professional and student performers. The Vixen, from season 10 of “RuP...

College Hill adds ‘Finishing Touch’

College Hill adds ‘Finishing Touch’

LEZIGA BARIKOR, Staff Writer

April 4, 2019

While Romeo and Juliet may have pondered what’s in a name, Jay Barber’s contains his profession. The 25-year-old Waterloo native opened “The Finishing Touch” with his neighbor-turned business partner Alex Vance on March 14.  The combination barber shop and tattoo parlor is located on Coll...

New DC film ‘Shazam!’ fizzles out

New DC film ‘Shazam!’ fizzles out

HUNTER FRIESEN, Film Critic

April 4, 2019

If you had told me that we would get both a “Captain Marvel” and “Shazam” film in the same year, I would have called you crazy. But stranger things have happened, which is something we’ve had to get used to over the past couple of years. So now the year is 2019 and both of these films have p...

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