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The Best Releases of June: Music Staff Picks

Spellling – The Turning Wheel The Turning Wheel, Chrystia Cabral’s third album under the project Spellling, offers bewitchingly captivating progressive folk and neo-soul songs. A shift towards natural instrumentation marks a stark change from 2019’s synth-heavy Mazy Fly, giving these songs a new liveliness, and pushing Cabral’s songwriting towards the theatrical. The sonic palette on its own can be bewildering at first–veering off without warning into performances of soul, hard rock, classical, folk, and of course, synthwave. It’s no surprise that the personnel list reveals more than thirty performers–all of whom sound great. The songs are left with an enchanting … Continued

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

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)

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

On Sunday, November 17, 2013 Jimmie Johnson won his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title.  Johnson is one NASCAR Sprint Cup championship away from tying Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty for the most NASCAR championships of all time. However, the debate that has sparked controversy for years had more fuel added to the fire when former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb said on Fox Sports Live proclaimed, “Do I think he’s (Johnson) an athlete? Absolutely not.” There is a common thought among sports fans that NASCAR drivers are not athletes and auto racing is not a sport. Why is this? … Continued

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Oh, Jerry Jones, when will things go your way? This past Sunday night, the Dallas Cowboys — 5-5 and tied for first in the NFC East — looked helpless as they saw Drew Brees and the high powered New Orleans Saints offense put up 625 yards and 40 first downs. Yes, that’s right, 40 first downs. The Cowboys had a huge off-season in terms of making personnel changes. It all started when they fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan (who by the way is now the defensive coordinator for the Saints) and hired Monte Kiffin to take the helm as defensive … Continued

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It is hard to believe we are already 5 weeks into the NFL Season. From the Cleveland Browns having their first record over .500 in nearly a decade to the New York Giants having their worst start since the 1980’s, the NFL has once again managed to shock us all. Biggest Surprises through Week 5: NFC East: It’s safe to say that the NFC East may be one of the most disappointing divisions this year in the NFL. The NFC East currently combines for a 5-14 record with the Giants contributing a 0-5 record to that count. What is the … Continued

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The newest name on the already extensive list of players accused of getting paid for play in NCAA sports has added more fuel to an all out wildfire. That name is Johnny Manziel. As the debate regarding whether student athletes should be paid heats up while playing collegiate sports analysts, fans, and athletes have all chimed in addressing their opinions regarding payment of NCAA athletes. Quick Look: The 2013 year of college football began with an investigation stemming from allegations that Texas A&M Quarterback and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel accepted payments for autographs he had signed in January … Continued

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