Northern Iowan

Unforeseen benefits of study abroad


April 17, 2014

Over spring break, I had the opportunity to travel to Brazil with the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra. We spent the majority of our time in Caxias do Sul rehearsing music alongside members of a local community orchestra. However, we also visited Porto Alegre to play a concert and had a chance to se...

Remember to ‘bee’ considerate of honeybees

April 14, 2014

Life-sustaining essentials are associated with things such as sun, water, shelter and love, and that’s all humanity needs. So if someone told you that honeybees were responsible for the vast majority of life, would you believe them? Across the nation, honeybees are accountable for 80 percent of the po...

University of Iowa ad elicits concerns at UNI

March 31, 2014

A full-page color advertisement from the University of Iowa ran in the March 27 issue of the Northern Iowan. While the editorial and sales sides are run separately to avoid conflicts of interest, I felt it was important as executive editor to address the concerns readers have about the UI ad.First off, I wo...

Trees in trouble at UNI


March 6, 2014

The invasive insect the Emerald Ash Borer has been located in Waterloo. For those of you that do not know, that means trouble for the 1,700+ ash trees that are on UNI’s campus. That’s almost 37 percent of all trees at UNI and most were planted after the Dutch Elm Disease swept through. Take the we...

Atheists: A misunderstood minority

Nate Konrardy

April 19, 2012

“God is dead” is a quotation often misinterpreted, and widely despised, as a statement of atheism by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche was an atheist, but his claim was intended to be a metaphorical one, not a literal one.Similarly, atheists in general are often misunderstood, labeled a...

Letter: “Injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere.”

Lauren Fontaine and Kaitlin Korbitz

April 5, 2012

It is time to take the next step in activating this ethic of social justice by making campus safer for LGBTA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally) students.Queer students have seen incredible moments of support from the UNI community. In October 2010, “The Laramie Project” came to the GBPAC...

Playing defense for UNI athletics

Stef McGraw

March 26, 2012

I don’t really care about University of Northern Iowa athletics, or any college athletics, for that matter. I went to a couple of football games and a basketball game my freshman year so that I could check it off my college bucket list, but other than that, I haven’t paid much attention.Aside from my p...

Get involved today

JESSIE UHLENKAMP/Opinion Columnist

November 16, 2009

I was recently told that a survey was taken of University of Northern Iowa students with regard to their involvement in extra-curricular activities on campus. According to this survey, only 40 percent of students said that they were involved in some other aspect of campus life besides their classes. T...

“That costume” trap

October 29, 2009

Rust-colored leaves scrape ominously across a deserted West 23rd Sreet. The light of the full moon dimly illuminates the night sky, and a chill is in the air. Suddenly the sound of footsteps invades the eerie silence. A dark shadow, slumped and hobbling, stumbles into view. It begins to gag and crum...

Cell phones promote antisocial behavior


October 6, 2009

I just got a new cell phone last week after having my old one for four years. The employees at the cell phone store laughed at my phone because it was so old. Poor phone.Anyway, my new phone does so much more than my old phone: it can go on the Internet, download music, text with a QWERTY keypad, email and...

No excuses for high society

TESS FAGLE/Opinion Columnist

October 5, 2009

It's nothing new that people of a certain status in life enjoy certain perks. The more talent a person posses, the higher his or her position of power, the more money the individual earns and the more social allowances he or she will be granted. This system of privilege most likely has been in place ...

A neutral Net

DEREK HEISERMAN/Opinion Columnist

September 28, 2009

Imagine a world in which the kinds of websites you could access depend on the company that provided your Internet connection.Imagine a world where your ISP dictates what internet-based software you can use; a world where you have to pay to use the Internet based on how much bandwidth you expect to use, a...

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