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After attending UNI himself, Lizarraga-Estrada decided he wanted to help other multicultural students find where they belong through his role in admissions.

Admissions staff member supports multicultural students

NIXSON BENITEZ April 8, 2021

Jesús Lizárraga-Estrada is the Associate Director of Freshman Recruitment and Access here at the University of Northern Iowa. He oversees the freshman recruitment, diversity recruitment and campus visit...

Cedar Falls renews mask mandate through mid-May; Nook supports extension

ELIZABETH KELSEY, News Editor April 8, 2021

The City of Cedar Falls has renewed its mandate requiring face coverings in public places through at least May 19. At a meeting of the Cedar Falls City Council on April 5, council members decided in...

Cedar Falls police responded to a report of shots fired outside Little Bigs on College Hill early Sunday morning, April 4.

Shots fired on College Hill, one injury reported

NI STAFF, NI Editors April 5, 2021

Shots were fired on College Hill early on Sunday morning, April 4, leaving one person injured, although it was later found that his injuries had been accidentally self-inflicted. According to a UNI Alert...

This graphic depicts the rate and number of COVID-19 cases on campus as well as other statistics regarding the ongoing pandemic.

COVID-19 on campus: positivity rate rises again

ELIZABETH KELSEY, News Editor April 5, 2021

The COVID-19 positivity rate for the UNI campus once again rose last week, according to data released Friday, April 2 at noon. The 82 tests conducted from March 29-April 4 through the Student Health Center...

Peer reviewers Dr. Lynette Olson, Dr. Anton Reiter (in-person), Dr. Martinez Sotelo and Dr. Sherilyn Poole engaged with students in an open forum discussion during the HLC site visit on Monday, March 29.

HLC site visit features student forum

Karla DeBruin, Managing Editor April 1, 2021

On Monday, March 29, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) hosted a Student Open Forum as part of their site visit to UNI during the re-accreditation process.  Held in the Maucker Union Ballroom and...

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Former professor published graphic novel

SARA QUALLEY April 1, 2021

Gary Kelley, a UNI alum and former art professor, is publishing a graphic novel called “Moon of the Snow Blind: Spirit Lake,” which follows the story of Dakota Sioux Natives and four female captives...

Mike Henney stands next to one of the 250 pound bearings to be installed.

McCollum mechanical issues cancel class

ELIZABETH KELSEY, News Editor March 29, 2021

Due to the failure of two bearings in the fan which serves the air handling system in the central part of McCollum Science Hall, all classes normally held in that part of the building have been canceled...

UNI defense back Benny Sapp III looks to the sidelines before a play in the Panther's game against Illinois State.

UNI blazes through Leathernecks

COLIN HORNING, Sports Editor March 29, 2021

The UNI football team looked to return to the win column this past Saturday when they faced off against Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill. Coming in at 2-3 on the season and following last week’s 13-6...

This graphic depicts the positivity rate and number of COVID-19 cases on campus as well as other statistics regarding the ongoing pandemic.

COVID-19 on campus: numbers spike again

ELIZABETH KELSEY, News Editor March 29, 2021

After a week of low numbers, the COVID-19 data for the UNI campus once again spiked dramatically last week, with the semester’s highest positivity rate and case counts so far. According to data released...

Senior Anne Gradoville holds up her Moderna vaccine after she was vaccinated while working at UnityPoint Hospital in Des Moines.

Vaccinated Panthers share their stories


There is a sense of growing hope around subduing the novel coronavirus and returning to a sense of normalcy as vaccines are distributed to thousands of people throughout the United States and Iowa. Governor...

UNI Panthers scored big against SIU Salukis after only having scored one goal previously this season.

Panther trounce Salukis, 5-0


The UNI women’s soccer team traveled to Carbondale, Ill. to take on Southern Illinois this past weekend. Southern Illinois was winless on the season at 0-2-3 before taking on the Panthers, while UNI...

Award-winning journalist and Waterloo native Nicole Hannah-Jones delivers the keynote address during UNI's DiversiLead conference, held on Saturday, March 20.

UNI hosts DiversiLead conference

NIXSON BENITEZ March 25, 2021

On Saturday, March 20, UNI held the DiversiLead Conference. The in-person conference, which took place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., was designed to connect the UNI community with community members of color...

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