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The Best Releases of May: Music Staff Picks

Squid – Bright Green Field Long before the release of their debut LP, Squid has been making waves in the post-punk community with their own brand of angular and uniquely provocative songwriting that has set them apart from peers in the genre. With the often deranged and purposely erratic vocal delivery of singer Ollie Judge and the driving pseudo-punk melodies conducted by the rest of the band, there is no doubt the group has emotional, musical, and lyrical potency. In their most recent works, including the two singles they released in 2020 and their latest LP, Squid has begun to incorporate … Continued

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Vaccines in Iowa: How are we doing?

As of April 5th, all Iowans are eligible to receive vaccinations. Previously, state guidelines restricted vaccines to high-risk groups such as essential workers, adults aged 65 and up, or people with pre-existing medical conditions. Now that eligibility has expanded, securing an appointment may be a difficult task. (image via Global Gazette)

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Iowa Spring Practice: QB’s duel, youth arrives, and defense shines

Not since Iowa beat Illinois 19-10 on Senior Day in 2019 had the Hawkeyes played in front of home fans outside of friends and family. That streak ended Saturday morning as Iowa held it’s first of two open practices this spring with fans in attendance. Fans arrived as early as before 7 AM to get the first chance to see their Hawkeyes in person since November of 2019. Many were pleased with the results, but it would’ve taken a natural disaster to ruin the moods of the black and gold this weekend. “Certainly is great to be back in Kinnick … Continued

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McDonald’s, the NFL and MLB

Forbes says that every day, despite the fact that healthier options exist, McDonalds serves 47 million people worldwide.  McDonald’s has mastered the art of figuring out and then giving people what they want.  Just like McDonald’s, the NFL is constantly trying to tweak its product to maximize profits.  Because of this aggressive business plan, the NFL will always be more popular than Major League Baseball.  The other half of this situation is that Major League Baseball, just like those healthier options, will always be better. NFL fans criticize MLB for a variety of reasons.  The game is too slow.  The … Continued

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This week the University of Mississippi’s men’s basketball team was eliminated from the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in the round of 32.  That fact is nothing remarkable.  What is remarkable; however, is the dichotomy that exists in the state regarding the symbols used by the university and in the state flag and what that dichotomy tells us about our society. In 2001 the state legislature in Mississippi passed a bill that would provide for a public referendum on changing the state’s flag’s design.  The issue that many people had with its design was that the canton of the flag had … Continued

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The Hawkeye softball team made its final long road trip of the year over Spring Break out to Louisville, KY before returning for their home opener this past weekend.  After rainy weather cancelled the Hawkeyes’ first two games, the Hawkeyes padded their win column but unfortunately weren’t able to keep that momentum going through the weekend. The Hawkeyes arrived in Louisville, KY last Monday prepared to take on the 24th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels and the Cardinals of Ball State, but the rain clouds had other plans for the day and all games at the tournament that day were … Continued

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Wounding a wild animal is not a good idea because it envokes the fight or flight reaction.  Many times the animal will choose to fight for its life and the result for its attacker can be brutal. The Hawkeye softball team faced four opponents this weekend at the Miken Invitational in College Park, MD. Three of those four got the brunt of the Hawkeyes’ fight.  After St. John’s clipped Iowa’s wings 3-1 to open up the tournament, Iowa decided that it would stand its ground and fight in the next three games. The second game was against the host school … Continued

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If there is a bias against west coast and southeastern NCAA softball teams, no one told the Hawkeyes this past weekend. The University of Iowa’s softball team went out to the Easton Invitational in Fullerton, California this weekend to be the fifth team in the tournament.  The field of Iowa’s opponents included CSU-Bakersfield, the host school Cal-State Fullerton, #24 Oregon State and #16 Stanford. Instead of getting to play the unranked teams in a warm-up fashion for the ranked teams, the Hawkeyes went head first into the gauntlet and opened up the tournament on Friday afternoon with #16 Stanford.  Coming … Continued

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We hold this truth to be self-evident, that Jeffrey Loria is the worst owner in baseball. We acknowledge that he is endowed by his money and position with certain rights, among which is the power to run the baseball team he owns any way he sees fit. However, in order to secure those rights, expectations are instituted among the Marlins’ fan base, deriving the permanence of that power to maintain control of the team from the consent of the fans. Among those are an honest attempt to put the best possible product out on the field and an atmosphere of … Continued

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Most of the time when a Big Ten softball team hits the road in February, they hope to compete with their host schools and avoid injuries. If they are able to steal a game or two over a ranked opponent, that’s not only an upset by the rankings, but also a marquee win for the program. The University of Iowa’s softball team had two such opportunities for statement wins this weekend at the Bama Bash, an annual softball tournament hosted by the University of Alabama. The Crimson Tide are the current top ranked team in the coaches’ poll and the … Continued

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After a couple of months off for the lull between semesters the men and women of the University of Iowa’s baseball and softball teams took part in public events to introduce the coaches and athletes to the fans. The Hawkeye Softball team hosted its annual “Meet The Hawks” night on January 29th at the Indoor Practice Facility.  This year was the first time the event was held in the new facility and also the first time the event featured drills for younger players.  The event opened with the team running through defensive drills for the fans present.  After the team … Continued

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The University of Iowa women’s basketball team has played more than half of its schedule, with a road game at Michigan State looming tonight.  At this point, the Hawkeyes sit at 13-4 overall and 2-1 in conference, in a three way tie with the Spartans and Minnesota for second place.  Those three teams sit just a game behind another triumvirate of teams (Michigan, Purdue and Penn State), whom are currently undefeated in Big Ten play. With 13 conference games left to be played, the Hawkeyes’ destiny sits firmly in their own control.  The question remains:  can the Hawkeyes win the … Continued

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Two weeks remain in the NFL regular season and 15 of the 32 teams in the league have been eliminated from playoff contention.  If you’re a fan of one of those teams, you might feel like checking out for the year.  Offered here for you is an alternative.  It’s time to look ahead to 2013 and think about what your team may do during the offseason.  Team by team there are specific needs, cap space (current based on current roster configuration.  It’s very hard to guess which players will be released and/or traded during the offseason which can dramatically affect … Continued

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