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  • cash Help block the encroachment of predatory lending

    Would you entrust your financial well-being to an industry called fringe banking? That isn’t what they call themselves. They prefer deferred deposit services, more simply, payday lending. Many others, including those who work in finance or economics, call them predatory lenders. Drive up University Avenue from Waterloo toward UNI and you can count at least seven of these businesses, often abutting liquor stores or tobacco outlets.

  • stud Unforeseen benefits of study abroad

    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 see Panama City and the Panama Canal during a layover from Panama to Brazil. 

  • bees Remember to 'bee' considerate of honeybees

    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 pollination of fruits and vegetables. However, the influence of honeybees spans far beyond the pollination of vegetation. 

  • beer Alcohol affect verbal consent

    Alcohol and sex are two topics most college students are familiar with, and they may be more related than you think. 

    On college campuses,  sex and alcohol are pervasive, and when consent is hazily defined, there is confusion. 

  • Assault education triggers painful memories

    I loathe April because it is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. I don’t hate the idea of sexual assault awareness, as it is needed. We live in a rape culture, a culture that lets abusers walk away free and punishes victims. The awareness campaign seeks to break down rape culture by sharing knowledge, putting blame on abusers instead of victims and shattering myths about sexual assault. 

  • Redskins Avoiding cultural appropriation

    A couple years ago, I went to a Halloween party in Cedar Falls. There were few deviations from the typical college party, but one thing caught my interest: Several people dressed up as Native Americans. Seeing their feathered headdresses and pseudo war paint really bothered me, but I couldn’t place a finger on why. After some time passed, I discovered that the racist costumes represented a kind of discrimination known as cultural appropriation.

  • bird Thinking about more than just ourselves

    In the 1970s, social psychologist Milton Rokeach created the Rokeach Value Survey consisting of two sets of values: terminal and instrumental. 

  • depre What ails you and what may aid you

    I will forego journalistic objectivity today because what I will talk about afflicts me as well as it may you: 

  • The vegetarian Bandwagon

    Last year, I decided to become a vegetarian for a simple reason: I do not like meat. Something about eating meat had always grossed me out, so I decided to stop eating it altogether and explored other food options. For several months, I was successful. I went cold turkey (pun intended) and never had cravings. 

  • Expand your vocabulary: learn a second language

    Hay muchas razones para aprender un segundo idioma para nosotros en los Estados Unidos por lo que todos debemos aprender a hablar un nuevo idioma. For those unfamiliar with Spanish, I said that there are many reasons to learn a second language so we should all try to master a new tongue.

Editorials

  • University of Iowa ad elicits concerns at UNI

    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.

  • Newspapers keep UNI safe from corruption

    Newspapers serve as a watchdog and an overseer to expose corruption, fraud and issues that are imperative for the public to know. The Northern Iowan is starting a new series of watchdog investigative stories with the intent of spreading transparency at the university.

Letters to the Editor

  • Trees in trouble at UNI

    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.

  • Letter to the editor: Breaking our of small matters

    A few years back I began reading the Northern Iowan Opinion section. There was one columnist who got me hooked on the importance of news and it is because of him that I am knowledgeable about the world and what is happening in it.

  • Letter to the editor

    For those of you who haven’t heard, the Northern Iowa Student Government elections are upon us and are your opportunity to have a voice in who makes decisions for you this upcoming year.

  • Letter to the Editor

    The Northern Iowa Student Government election is in full swing and all the candidates are busy campaigning. Both tickets have been speaking to different student groups and promoting their platforms. 

  • Letter to the Editor

    With the opening of UNI’s LGBT* Center on Dec. 10 of last year, we began a conversation about what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or any number of other spectrum identities as a student at UNI.  The center is a bold and necessary first step towards the safety and success of every queer student at UNI, and it will strengthen the entire university community in its contribution to diversity and inclusion.