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A former UNI student has been arrested following alleged threats towards administrators.

Former UNI student facing charges following threats

CAROLINE CHRISTENSEN, Executive Editor Feb 21, 2024

A former UNI student is facing charges for allegedly harassing school officials and threatening to shoot a university employee. The most recent charges allege Aisha Ahamad Nyala, 25, used an Instagram...

After reigning as the largest fraternity or sorority house on campus for nearly 25 years, the SAE house on 23rd Street has been listed for sale. The chapter declined to comment on the reason behind the selling of the house.

Fraternity house for sale

TAYLOR NOHRENBERG, Staff Writer Feb 21, 2024

One of the University of Northern Iowa’s most notable fraternity and sorority houses belonging to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity is going up on the real estate market at a whopping price tag...

Warren stepped into the role of head coach at UNI in 2007—her first collegiate head coaching position. She was the first Black woman to coach basketball in the Missouri Valley Conference and was the first Black woman to become a head coach of any sport at UNI.

The Tanya Warren Era

MALLORY SCHMITZ, News Editor Feb 21, 2024

After an 18-point comeback, a career-best performance from point guard Maya McDermott and a victory that broke the all-time conference wins record in the Missouri Valley, Head Women’s Basketball Coach...

A photo of the exterior of the Applied Engineering Building.

UNI showcases Applied Engineering Building

TAYLOR NOHRENBERG, Staff Writer Feb 20, 2024

The University of Northern Iowa’s (UNI) Applied Engineering Building hosted local media members and business partners during a media tour on Tuesday, Feb. 20, that highlighted the state-of-the-art construction...

Opinion Columnist Kellie Stiles writes about the cancellation of the popular romantic comedy, “Our Flag Means
Death.” The outrage over the cancellation has reached UNI’s campus with posters saying, “Save Our Flag Means Death,” popping up around Maucker Union, and a QR code leading to a petition wanting to reinstate the show.

Our Flag Means Death

KELLIE STILES, Opinion Columnist Feb 13, 2024

You sit on your couch to scroll through one of your many subscription-based streaming services, looking for a new show to binge. One seems to catch your eye and you pull up a blanket as you click on the...

NextGen Nutrition found the perfect space on College Hill to serve the UNI and Cedar Valley community healthier drink options.

NextGen Nutrition finds home on College Hill

TAYLOR NOHRENBERG, Staff Writer Feb 13, 2024

Two 20-year-old Decorah natives took a different approach to post-graduation plans and instead opened NextGen Nutrition, a one-stop shop at 2211 College Street on College Hill that offers a diverse range...

The $25 million donation from David Wilson (left) was made to advance business ethics education on campus.
As part of that initiative, a professor in the Philosophy and World Religions Department, Robert Earle (right) was
recently named the first Wilson Ethics Fellow to offer more ethics courses and programming.

Wilson donation making strides

JO BRAHMS, Staff Writer Feb 13, 2024

Just four months ago, David W. Wilson donated $25 million to the College of Business. Since then, there has been a slew of behind-the-scenes work making old dreams a new reality. Wilson, a 1970 UNI alum,...

Chalk appeared around campus last week promoting the first Students
for Life meeting of the semester. The chalk above promotes the meeting’s
place and time with the phrase “Yay babies!” at the top.

Reproductive rights discourse heats up

CAROLINE CHRISTENSEN, Executive Editor Feb 13, 2024

The revival of a student organization is sparking conversation on campus about reproductive rights and abortion.  The organization, Students for Life, was inactive last semester, but freshman social...

Ruffin is committed to trying to bring back the Divine Nine, a group of
historically Black Greek organizations. She is the current president of Delta
Sigma Theta at UNI, and wants to bring that opportunity to more students.

Bringing back the Divine Nine

BAILEY KLINKHAMMER, Campus Life Editor Feb 13, 2024

“Intelligence is the torch of wisdom.”  Delta Sigma Theta’s open motto depicts what makes a Delta Sigma Theta woman. A dedication to public service, high intellectual standards and a commitment...

Sarah’s Espresso Cafe opened in 2020, and hit their stride within a few
months of opening. One of their biggest successes is their energy brews.

Sarah’s Espresso is heating up

KATE MURPHY, Staff Writer Feb 7, 2024

Local business owner Sarah Rohlfsen has dreamt of opening up her own business since she was 14 years old. Now, Sarah’s Espresso Café is one of the most visited coffee shops in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo...

Patrick Luensmann, UNI 2012 graduate, was recently appointed as director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and is hoping to make business dreams a reality for students and Cedar Valley entrepreneurs alike.

The JPEC: Inviting innovation

TAYLOR NOHRENBERG, Staff Writer Feb 7, 2024

The University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) has a new face among its ranks with the appointment of 2012 UNI graduate Patrick Luensmann as the Center’s new director. “It’s...

The “Imagine College Hill Vision Plan” aims to revitalize and develop College Hill. The plan has sat largely untouched since 2021, until it was rescinded by Cedar Falls City Council in November. However, the council voted in their most recent meeting to adopt the plan, with a vote of 5-2.

Hope for the Hill

CAROLINE CHRISTENSEN, Executive Editor Feb 7, 2024

To some Cedar Falls community members, the Hill is synonymous with vape shops, bars and unruly drunk college students. But to others, it is beloved for its art festivals, markets and unique small businesses. To...

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