Jenga game sparks community conversation

By Jasmine Putney With the comforting aroma of yellowing pages and brewing coffee filling the room, Uptown Bill’s Coffee Shop, 730 S Dubuque, hosted a ‘Giant Jenga Conversation’ event tonight at 7 p.m. The event was created by University of Iowa students Allie DiBlasi, Alex Kokshanian, Betsy Povolny, and Chris McPherson as a community-building group […]

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Elizabeth Evans reads from novel set in Iowa City

UI graduate Elizabeth Evans discussed her psychological slow-cooker As Good as Dead Monday at Prairie Lights. By Emma McClatchey emma-mcclatchey@uiowa.edu The Iowa Writers’ Workshop becomes ground zero for a fateful — and ultimately destructive — friendship in Elizabeth Evans’ newest novel As Good as Dead. Evans, a Writers’ Workshop alumna herself as well as an […]

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REAL party takes UISG elections

The REAL Party was announced as the winner of the 2015 UISG Election, with 278 more votes than the BEACH Party. There were 6,278 undergrad voters, which is the second highest percentage voter turnout since 1993. Liz Mills will serve as president with Morgan Brittain as her vice president. The senators chosen were picked individually […]

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Four new regents confirmed

The Iowa Senate confirmed all four of Gov. Terry Branstad’s appointments to the state Board of Regents earlier today: Mary Andringa, a Republican from Mitchellville. President and CEO of Vermeer Corporation, an agricultural and industrial equipment company. Confirmed 47-0. Sherry Bates, an independent from Scranton. Retired social worker who serves on multiple local boards. Confirmed […]

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev convicted in Boston Marathon bombing

BOSTON (AP) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) has been convicted in the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon. A federal jury found Tsarnaev guilty Wednesday in the 2013 terror attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260. He kept his hands folded in front of him and looked down at the defense table […]

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AIB to lay off over a fifth of staff

Several jobs will soon disappear at AIB as the institution’s closing date looms. The Des Moines business college announced Tuesday that it will eliminate 17 full-time staff members on June 8. AIB currently has 80 such positions. The college is due to close June 30, 2016 and has already lost over 250 students. Employees are […]

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Unfounded bomb threat made against US Bank

According to an Iowa City Police Department release, around 12:14 a.m. Monday officers were sent to the 204 East Washington St. location of US bank after a bomb threat was called in. There was no one in the building. The caller alleged he was holding hostages, had a bomb, and had a gun as well. […]

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Indie presses enjoy laid-back book fair

By Isaac Hamlet isaac-hamlet@uiowa.edu A restaurant focused mainly on hosting bands seems like an odd place to hold a book fair. Still, the intimate space, packed with the mingling scents of beer, fries, and fresh books, gives the Mission Creek Festival’s Indie Book Presses Fair a familial feel. The book fair, in its sixth year, […]

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What a Load of Craft fair (be)dazzles Blue Moose

By Jasmine Putney jasmine-putney@uiowa.edu   “Ladies and gentleman, when the music stops put down your glue guns,” emcee Ramona Muse Lambert instructs the Blue Moose Tap House crowd. Seconds later, a drum hits, the bass booms, and the swarm of people gathered around the stage begin to cheer as three crafters hurriedly decorate giant pastel […]

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Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad inspires Mission Creek crowd

By Devyn Young devyn-young@uiowa.edu   As Mission Creek Festival continues Saturday evening, once again the Englert Theater is filled. Audience members are standing in the aisles, drinking beer, and discussing previous festival events. Others are on their iPhones, reading up on the speaker they’re about to hear. The speaker is Jad Abumrad. “I had never […]

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