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Junior biology and biochemistry double-major Jacqueline Heggen collects a sample from Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota. UNI students and faculty are using the research to explore how life survives in extreme environments.

Reaching new heights 600 feet under

KORBYN RYAN, Staff Writer Sep 27, 2023

Since 2021, UNI students and faculty conducting research that would help locate extraterrestrial life have been reaching new heights in science – by looking 600 feet underground. As part of a $200,000...

UNI’s Textiles and Apparel Program was designed to give students hands-on experience in the fashion and merchandising industry. One of these opportunities is in their annual CatWalk fashion show.

The runway narrows for future of TAPP

MALLORY SCHMITZ, News Editor Sep 27, 2023

The lights are dwindling on UNI’s Textiles and Apparel Program (TAPP) as faculty retirements and low student interest have led to the program not accepting new students. “Due to faculty retirements,...

The third annual Harvest Conference will be held in Maucker Union this Thursday, Sept. 28.

Reset, refocus, renew

CAROLINE CHRISTENSEN, Executive Editor Sep 26, 2023

UNI students, faculty, staff and community members will have the opportunity to “refocus, renew and reset” this Thursday, Sept. 28 at the third annual Harvest Conference. Presented by UNI’s Diversity,...

Two UNI alums are up for City Council election to represent Ward 4 - a district made up of many UNI students.

Meet the candidates: Cedar Falls City Council

Grant Pedersen, Staff Writer Sep 20, 2023

For this November’s Cedar Falls City Council elections, two UNI alums have begun campaigns to be elected to the open Ward 4 seat vacated by incumbent Simon Harding’s retirement. The two candidates...

Miembros del Gabinete Superior del NISG invitaron a estudiantes a
compartir sus consejos el jueves mientras daban galletas y dulces. Ellos
planean usar comentarios de estudiantes para formar sus iniciativas y
tener conversaciones con las oficiales de la universidad y la Junta de

NISG trades troubles for treats

MALLORY SCHMITZ, News Editor Sep 20, 2023

Thursday morning, Northern Iowa Student Government’s Upper Cabinet offered a listening ear for students while also providing a tasty treat in between classes. They set up a table outside of Maucker Union...

Students crowded into the Panther Mayhem student section for the home-opener football game on Sept. 9.
Panther Mayhem as an organization is active for the first time this year since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Return of the Mayhem


New life is being brought to the student section at UNI athletic events, as a call for Panthers to pack the stands has been heard all around campus. Saturday, Sept. 9, we got to see Panther Mayhem in...


Highest enrollment jump in over decade

NOAH HACKBART, Staff Writer Sep 13, 2023

Last week, enrollment numbers for the University of Northern Iowa were released, and after years of pandemic and post-pandemic decreases, the numbers are finally on the rise. Reporting from the university...

UNI introduced the free TELUS app for online 24/7 teletherapy that Shelley O’Connell, Assistant Vice President
and Executive Director of Student Health and Well-being, believes will work better for some students trying to
balance classes, work and life. Some students would prefer to continue to utilize the UNI Counseling Center,
located on the second floor of the Student Health Center, but have faced difficulties accessing care due to low

TELUS: New therapy app introduced by UNI Counseling Center

KATE MURPHY, Staff Writer Sep 13, 2023

This year, the University of Northern Iowa has decided to partner with teletherapy in order for students to access free 24/7 therapy online through an app called TELUS. Shelley O’Connell, Assistant...

As temperatures reached 105 degrees Aug. 23, students in non-air conditioned dorms like Bender Hall relied on opening windows and placing fans throughout their rooms. Many still did not find relief, adding to first-week stresses.

Students without AC desperate for relief

CAROLINE CHRISTENSEN, Executive Editor Sep 13, 2023

For transfer student and Dancer resident Makenna Arbogast, her numerous fans were in full blast to stave off the stifling heat brought on by the record breaking heat wave during the first week of classes.  “Throughout...

The new engineering degree will be housed in the newly-renovated Applied
Engineering Building, as phase one of the project is set to be open for the spring 2024 semester. The artist rendering above shows the new space.

UNI debuts new engineering degree

TAYLOR NOHRENBERG, Staff Writer Sep 13, 2023

The University of Northern Iowa is reaching new heights in the engineering industry. With the renovation of the Applied Engineering Building and the unveiling of their first-ever engineering degree, UNI...

La artista Miriam Alarcón Avila hace una demostración de fortalecimiento
con una máscara de luchador.

Becoming Visible


When Miriam Alarcón Avila came to the U.S. in 2002, she brought with her more than her memories of her life and family in Mexico.  She brought a bag full of around 250 rolls of film, over 10 years...

The building has been vacant since July 17. UNI wrestling has since been doing thier pre-season training off
campus at USA Mat Club on East Nineteenth Street. Short term solutions to bring the team back on campus are
currently being discussed.

Future of West Gym on shaky ground

MALLORY SCHMITZ, News Editor Sep 6, 2023

The structure that UNI Wrestling has called home for nearly a century is sitting vacant, uncertified for occupancy due to stability concerns. The building’s east wall is currently being reinforced...

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