Monday, May 6, 2013
Though 80 percent of students use texts to communicate only about half would receive emergency alerts from Regent Universities, according to an IowaWatch report.
In a world where nearly everyone has at least one cell phone, only about a third to half of Iowa's regent university students would receive emergency alerts via text, IowaWatch.org reports. Less than half the students at Iowa State University and University of Iowa would receive text alerts and about 60 percent of University of Northern Iowa students would, according to the IowaWatch report republished by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. Read the full report at the IowaWatch website: Student Debt for Iowa’s New College Graduates Remains High. But both Iowa State and University of Iowa report reaching 94 percent of their students with some type of notification system, the report said. The UNI alert system reaches 96 percent of students, …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Plus, an Ames woman reportedly fought with three police officers; an Urbandale man rescued from a burning car is in legal trouble again; and a University of Iowa student was charged with stabbing two men after an argument.
Iowa has tickled TV satirist Stephen Colbert's funny bone before, and did it again this week. An Iowa hospital came to the attention of Colbert, host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," for all the wrong reasons. "A hospital is no place to be sick, especially if you are an undocumented worker in Iowa," Colbert said during a segment called "The Word." Colbert skewered Iowa Methodist Medical Center, which is part of the Unity Point network that has a clinic in Ankeny, following a news report that the hospital sent the two undocumented patients, who were seriously injured in a car wreck in rural Iowa, in a private jet back to Mexico. Taking a pummeling literally was Cedar Falls. Some serious hail fell on the Cedar Valley early in the …
Monday, April 22, 2013
An interview with a University of Iowa doctor who treats children with autism about the challenges of diagnosing the condition. Plus web links recommended by UIHC staff.
In yesterday's feature story (Autism Speaks: An Iowa Family Hopes Others Can Learn from Its Journey) a West Des Moines mother shared her deep feelings of guilt of not recognizing her son's autism sooner. “We cannot look at home movies because we are afraid of what we’re going to find, things that were blatantly in front of us that we will feel silly for not having seen,” said Jennifer Hahn, whose son, Nicholas, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. But it turns out autism can be a very difficult condition to diagnose in children, often requiring a team of specialists to rule out other potential conditions. How can parents, then, be expected to know for sure? This article is about providing some resources to help prepare parents …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Young Republicans in Iowa are still split on the institution of marriage being extended to gay people. But there is a growing consensus among college-aged GOPers that in order to win elections, the party's focus should be elsewhere.
The second article in a two-part series. __________ Gay and lesbian campus groups and College Republicans haven't exactly been friendly to one another over the years, in Iowa or the rest of the country. But there are signs that with this coming generation the trend could be changing, and for the Republican Party that could be critical. "As a young Republican, I see where the party’s coming from with the idea of traditional marriage, but I cannot support that aspect of the platform," said Victoria Hurst, president of the University of Northern Iowa College Republicans. She said she supports many Republican ideals, but not the party's stance on gay marriage. "America has bigger problems than who can and cannot marry; it is time to move …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The governor called for more than $483 million in general fund appropriations to the universities for fiscal year 2014. He also called for extra appropriations for UNI, due to their large percentage of instate students.
Rejoice college students (and parents of college students). The tuition freeze approved in late 2012 by the Iowa Board of Regents got a boost today when Gov. Terry Branstad gave his recommendation for general fund appropriations to universities. Jens Manuel Krogstad of the Des Moines Register reports: Gov. Terry Branstad recommended more than $483 million in general fund appropriations to the universities for fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1. The total includes an extra $4 million for UNI, which faces unusual budget challenges, in part, because of its reliance on in-state undergraduate students. This results in less revenue because because Iowans pay far less in tuition than out-of-state students. In response, the Board of Regents …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Iowa Board of Regents met today and voted on the tuition freeze, which could be adjusted if new funding is not approved by the Iowa legislature.
The Iowa Board of Regents voted Wednesday to freeze in-state tuition at the University of Northern Iowa, University of Iowa and Iowa State University for the 2013-2014 school year. That would keep tuition at $6,648 for resident students at the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University and at $6,678 at the University of Iowa. The plan is contingent on additional funding from the Iowa legislature, according to Regents President Craig Lang, who has said $41 million in new funding and a $4 million special appropriation for UNI are needed. A report from the regents said tuition rates may be adjusted based on decisions made in the 2013 legislative session. According the report, undergraduate tuition revenues currently make up 72 …
Friday, November 9, 2012
A University of Iowa athletics department official has resigned after being found to have violated the schools Policy on Sexual Harassment.
A University of Iowa athletics department official who works with student-athletes and has a lengthy list of complaints, many sexual in nature, has resigned, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports in a copyrighted story. Peter Gray, who according to UI's website is the associate director of Athletic Student Services and director of academic advising and counseling, was found to have violated the school's policy on sexual harassment following an internal investigation, the newspaper reported. The report raises the question of why supervisors aware of the complaints didn't act sooner. Gray had worked for the department in the 1990s and again from 2002 until earlier this week, the newspaper reports. Local media have been reporting about Gray's …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The creators of the viral "Iowa Nice" video have made witty clips about University of Iowa and Iowa State University, with some smack talk towards their peer universities in the Big Ten and Big 12 conferences.
You think you know something about Iowa State University or University of Iowa? Well, think again, or at least check out the videos from the creators of "Iowa Nice." Remember "Iowa Nice"? The video pokes fun at the Midwest nice stereotype, and went viral this past spring. The new videos have been getting shared all over the Web today. The videos highlight little-known-facts about each school and offers plenty of digs at rivals in the Big Ten and Big 12 conferences. Warning: The videos contain adult language.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Mandatory fees have increased by more than 50 percent over the past 10 years a Des Moines Register investigation found.
Tuition fees continue to rise year after year across the United States, and Iowa public universities are no different. The Des Moines Register reported that mandatory fees have increased 53 percent over the last 10 years at Iowa's three public universities. The fees cover two areas: technology- where they go toward salaries for staff to maintain equipment and other duties and toward recreation centers, which range from climbing walls to machines, according to the Register. The fees have quietly added up over the years, and provided quite a shock to parents and students alike. According to the article findings, students at the University of Iowa can expect to spend $1,379 in mandatory fees. Students at the Iowa State will spend $1,077.60 …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Will Iowa lose two times in a row to instate opponents?
Game Time: 2:30 p.m. (Kickoff 2:42 p.m.) Television: Big Ten Network Vegas Prediction: Iowa is favored by oddsmakers by 9 points, likely due to home field advantage for the Hawkeyes in Iowa City. Previous Games: Iowa Hawkeyes lost to rival Iowa State at home 9-6, Northern Iowa defeated Central State University 59-0. Iowa Patch Prediction Record so Far: 1-0 Patch Prediction: This is a very interesting game to predict. For one, Iowa has been incredibly inconsistent on offense, scoring just one touchdown in its first two games, one of them a narrow win, another a narrow loss. Conversely, the Northern Iowa Panthers have looked pretty good, giving a probably overrated but nontheless talented Wisconsin Badgers team a run for their money 26-21…