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Take the shot: Redefining success

Take the shot: Redefining success

DRAYTON DEBOEF, Opinion Columnist Dec 5, 2023

As the semester enters the straightaway toward our long awaited winter break, many UNI students are beginning to put their efforts into high-gear and setting winter finals into focus. This seemingly endless...

Mallory Schmitz and Macey Overturf smile from the student section at a UNI basketball game. Out of the 12 teams in the Missouri Valley Conference, UNI is the one of only four to not have a center screen in their basketball facility.

What’s missing in McLeod?

MALLORY SCHMITZ, News Editor Dec 5, 2023

In the list of improvements to make UNI athletics facilities more “state of the art” in the coming years, one key feature is missing: a center-hung video screen in the McLeod Center. Last February,...

The benefits of being grateful

The benefits of being grateful

DREW HILL, Opinion Columnist Nov 29, 2023

My grandpa always said that the most dangerous sin in America is ungratefulness. Sometimes we lose sight of the good things we have and experience because of the situations and stress that fill our lives....

Famous actor Patrick Dempsey
won the title of “Sexiest Man Alive”
this year – much to some people’s
disappointment. Pedro Pascal, Lenny Kravitz, and Usher were all runner-ups against Dempsey for Sexiest Man Alive.

Silver McDreamy takes the gold

MARQUETTE MILLAM, Opinion Columnist Nov 29, 2023

On Nov. 8 actor Patrick Dempsey, 54, was finally named “Sexiest Man Alive” for the year of 2023. Dempsey is notoriously known for playing the major role of neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd, or Dr. McDreamy,...

Former First Lady Michelle Obama performs The Interlude in 2012.

The Interlude shall reign forever

CADEN SHEA, Sports Editor Nov 8, 2023

Just when it seems as if the game has settled down, it happens. The feeling of opportunity washes over your body. The familiar techno music begins playing. Your arms start moving up and down like you are...

MrBeast’s video titled, “I Built 100 Wells in Africa” was uploaded four days ago. Since then the content creator has
received criticism for promoting the ‘white savior’ complex.

‘The white man’s burden’

Enoch Bolaji, Guest Columnist Nov 8, 2023

The video opens with a violent rush of water, “Wow! Water!” Nolan, a MrBeast minion screamed. Dreams do come true after all. The Africans could be seen arranged in a questionably perfect assemblage...

Students perform the Interlude in 2015 at UNI versus Witchita State. The Interlude is taught to freshman at orientation, and is often played at UNI sporting events.

‘The Interlude’ has got to go

BAILEY KLINKHAMMER, Campus Life Editor Nov 1, 2023

On Nov. 3, 2010, a video titled “The Interlude Dance” by Ian Goldsmith was uploaded to YouTube. 13 years later, the Interlude dance is still being done. At almost every student Welcome Week since,...

Walter Burtis, pictured left, is running for Cedar Falls mayor. Burtis and his family have lived in Cedar Falls since
2000. He opened his first business in Cedar Falls in 2017, and has opened several other businesses since.
Danny Laudick, pictured right, is
running for Cedar Falls mayor. A Cedar Falls native, he graduated from UNI with a degree in Business Economics and has founded several businesses and community initiatives in the Cedar Valley.

Use your vote Nov. 7

CAROLINE CHRISTENSEN, Executive Editor Nov 1, 2023

Would you like to see more improvements on College Hill? Tired of the city’s parking restrictions? Do you want College Square Mall to be revitalized? You have the opportunity to advocate for these...

Families have nothing to fear

Families have nothing to fear

BAILEY KLINKHAMMER, Campus Life Editor Oct 25, 2023

Family (kinship), is defined by Brittanica as “a group of persons united by the ties of marriage, blood, or adoption, constituting a single household and interacting with each other in their respective...

A nuclear attack on family

A nuclear attack on family

DREW HILL, Opinion Columnist Oct 25, 2023

Before there were democracies and republics and other forms of organized government there was the family. Family was the first form of governance. However, many in this country feel like the institution...

Lack of sleep can have several negative side effects including increased stress and memory issues.

Why you shouldn’t sacrifice your sleep

MITCHEL FOX, Opinion Columnist Oct 12, 2023

I’ve always said that if I could possess one super power, it would be to never need sleep and not feel the effects of it. Imagine how much more time there’d be to procrastinate. However, until that...

Students listen and take notes as a professor speaks during a class. According to DeBoef’s survey of UNI students from over 20 different majors, 70% of students believe college classes within their major effectively prepare them for their future career.

College courses: Trust or bust?

DRAYTON DEBOEF, Opinion Columnist Oct 12, 2023

As the current semester progresses towards the midpoint, students at UNI find themselves in a reflective mood, contemplating their academic journey and the road ahead. With early registration for spring...

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