Northern Iowan

Managing Editor says goodbye

Managing Editor Sierra Steen bids farewell to The Northern Iowan.

SIERRA STEEN, Managing Editor

May 8, 2020

Out of all of the staff on the Northern Iowan team, I am probably the least fit to write an article (that skill is thankfully not in my job description), which can be attested by the fact that any time I submit one, I ask that my cohorts help make me sound more fit to the task. On this occasion, tho...

Indie rock band Hummingbird Horizon emerges from UNI

Indie rock band Hummingbird Horizon emerges from UNI

Sofia Legaspi, Staff Writer

May 3, 2020

An up-and-coming indie band that calls itself “Hummingbird Horizon” found its start at UNI. Describing its music as “savory, delicious, tasty indie rock that is absolutely scrumptious,” the group experiments with a wide range of styles and influences ranging from folk to psychedelic. ...

Executive editor bids farewell to the NI

Executive Editor Gabrielle Leitner bids farewell to The Northern Iowan.

Gabrielle Leitner, Executive Editor

May 3, 2020

During my time at UNI, few experiences hold as much value or importance to me than my employment at the Northern Iowan. I began as a staff photographer, taking any and every event I possibly could. My first event was a 2016 Presidential Debate watch party held at the Octopus. During my time a...

Students moved to Panther Village following the shutdown of residence halls

EMMA'LE MAAS, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

Following the announcement of communal halls being closed, including most residence halls, many UNI students moved out of their dorms and back home until fall semester. However, students did get the option to apply to stay on campus as well, as long as it was done in a timely manner. Students who cho...

Carillonneurs continue Campanile concerts

Carillonneurs continue Campanile concerts

Sofia Legaspi, Staff Writer

April 30, 2020

Music is reviving a closed campus as the UNI Guild of Carillonneurs presents daily concerts through their “Social Distancing Series.” The student organization is responsible for continuing the traditional carillon music from UNI’s Campanile. Their concerts represent the remnant of performance...

UNI Department of Philosophy and World Religions celebrates 50 years

SARA QUALLEY, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

The UNI Department of Philosophy and World Religions is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. COVID-19 social distancing measures have impacted the department’s planned anniversary celebrations and events, including a reunion, lectures and tours that have been rescheduled for the fall. Speci...

Summer orientation shifts to online in wake of COVID-19

Summer orientation shifts to online in wake of COVID-19

ELIZABETH KELSEY, News Editor

April 22, 2020

During UNI’s two-day orientation sessions throughout the summer, incoming Panthers typically meet with advisors, explore the campus, stay overnight in a dorm and register for fall classes.  This summer, due to the social distancing restrictions imposed by COVID-19, those sessions will take place onlin...

Chemistry department conducts research for National Park Service

ELIZABETH KELSEY, News Editor

April 21, 2020

Students in the UNI chemistry department did underground research — literally — over spring break. Earlier this semester, UNI chemistry and biochemistry associate professor Joshua Seebree received a $25,000 grant from the Iowa Space Grant Consortium, supported by NASA. The Department of Chemistry...

Student employment impacted due to COVID-19

Student employment impacted due to COVID-19

EMMA'LE MAAS, Staff Writer

April 21, 2020

According to the University of Northern Iowa’s Career Services website, more than 5,400 students work on campus. Due to COVID-19 and the subsequent closing of campus operations, many of these students lost their jobs and income.  Hannah Menken, junior family services major, reflected on her su...

Graduating students reflect on commencement cancelation, call for postponed ceremony

Graduating students reflect on commencement cancelation, call for postponed ceremony

Sofia Legaspi, Staff Writer

April 19, 2020

With UNI’s spring commencement ceremony canceled due to the current pandemic, many soon-to-be graduates have been left hanging. The university announced the cancelation — together with the extension of online coursework through the summer — on March 18 in a campus-wide email. Those who had plann...

UNI announces university’s first case of COVID-19

UNI announces university's first case of COVID-19

ELIZABETH KELSEY, News Editor

April 16, 2020

As the northeast corner of Iowa enters a virtual lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19, the UNI community announced the university’s first case of COVID-19. The individual was an employee who has not been on campus in over 30 days and who is currently self-isolating at home, according to a ca...

TheatreUNI to host Digital Performance Festival

ELIZABETH KELSEY, News Editor

April 15, 2020

Every theatre aficionado knows that the show must go on. And even when a global pandemic intervenes, the show still must go on — even if the audience has to become virtual. That was the thought process behind the upcoming TheatreUNI Digital Performance Festival. Every semester, students in the theat...

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