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The student news site of the University of Northern Iowa

Northern Iowan

The student news site of the University of Northern Iowa

Northern Iowan

Film critic Josue Villatoro ranks his favorite five movies from 2023.

Five of the Best Films From 2023: A Review

May 5, 2024

5: Wonka    Your craving for chocolate will skyrocket after watching this. Timothee Chalamet delivers a performance that rivals Gene Wilder’s classic portrayal and serves as a pleasant adaptation...

Opinion columnist Kellie Stiles discusses the recent death of live concerts, attributed heavily to the use of cellphones and social media.

Death of the live concert

KELLIE STILES, Opinion Columnist Apr 30, 2024

You get tickets to see your favorite artist in concert – something you’ve been saving months for. You can hardly contain your excitement as you make your way to your spot on the floor surrounded by...

What are the best snacks in Maucker Union’s convenience store, Essentials? Northern Iowan editors Caden Shea and Bailey Klinkhammer dive into the details for all the must-have delicious snacks provided by the store.

Essentials at Essentials


Every Tuesday, the Northern Iowan editors gather in the basement of Maucker Union to lay out the paper for publishing on Wednesday. Every Tuesday, editors Caden Shea and Bailey Klinkhammer try a different...

The TikTok Shop feeds into a culture of consumerism, which can be toxic for both people’s well-being and the environment.

Overconsumption is over

CAROLINE CHRISTENSEN, Executive Editor Apr 17, 2024

‘Run! Don’t walk! Must haves! Now 50% off in the TikTok shop! This deal won’t last long!’ From skincare to Scrub Daddy sponges, it seems consumerism is practically inescapable on social media....

Above is art created by the Open AI system DALL-E. Opinion columnist Kellie Stiles writes on why programs like this are striking fear into real artists.

Artificial Intelligence is killing art

KELLIE STILES, Opinion Columnist Apr 10, 2024

You’re scrolling through your favorite social media app when you stumble across some digital artwork that someone has posted. At first glance the piece is beautiful, depicting a realistically drawn woman...

Film critic Callee Fair discusses the use of color in the critically acclaimed show Breaking Bad and how it contributes to the storyline.

Understanding color in ‘Breaking Bad’


“Breaking Bad” is known to many as one of the greatest shows of all time, and for good reason. With each shot, there is so much purpose and meaning that weaves the genius of this show together. The...

Landowners protest the carbon pipeline project under the golden dome of the capitol in Des Moines.

The battle for Iowa’s land

DREW HILL, Opinion Columnist Mar 27, 2024

There is an ongoing battle over a carbon-capture pipeline that Summit Carbon Solutions is attempting to get approval to build. Essentially, a carbon-capture pipeline takes carbon dioxide emitted by industrial...

From cheating scandals to shocking rekindled reltionships, the cast of season six “Love is Blind” was crazy.

Everyone on Love is Blind season six is crazy

BAILEY KLINKHAMMER, Campus Life Editor Mar 20, 2024

Netflix original show “Love is Blind,” its sixth season has taken the internet by storm with the airing of the reunion. The general premise of the show is for singles who are looking to marry and meet...

Fans storm the court following Ohio State’s upset win over the Hawkeyes. Caitlin Clark collided with an Ohio state fan in the midst of the storming, calling to question whether storming the court after games should be allowed.

Court storming sparks whirlwind debate

CADEN SHEA, Sports Editor Mar 6, 2024

Storming the court is something that every college student should experience once in their life. After a ginormous win, people’s first instinct is to jump onto the court and celebrate with the team....

Guest columnist Lakota Lackey discusses SNL host Shane Gillis past controversy and the recent lackluster skits like The Floor and Fugliana.

Sparking SNL Controversy: Shane Gillis

Lakota Lackey, Guest Columnist Feb 28, 2024

In the ever-evolving landscape of television comedy, few shows hold as much cultural significance and influence as Saturday Night Live. For decades, SNL has served as a launching pad for cast members,...

Pieper Lewis takes the stand. Opinion columnist Nkasa Bolumbu argues action must be taken to pardon Lewis.

“I refuse to fail and let the system fail me”

NKASA BOLUMBU, Staff Writer Feb 27, 2024

Editor’s Note: This article addresses topics like sexual assault, violent crime and drug use. “I refuse to fail and let the system fail me.” - Pieper Lewis, Sept. 13, 2022. When Pieper Lewis,...

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds laid out a plan in January that would “reorganize” the Area Education Agency (AEA) system in our state. Created in 1974 by the Iowa State Legislature, the goal of AEAs is to provide equity in educational services across the state of Iowa.

‘AEAs are just fine’

GRANT PEDERSEN, Staff Writer Feb 21, 2024

Editor’s Note: Grant Pedersen has relatives who work for Iowa AEAs. On Jan. 8, 2024, the Iowa General Assembly gaveled into session to begin the second year of its 90th session. The next day, Iowa...

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