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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

Monday April 18th, 2016

by Rachel Green

Tensions high in Brazil in wake of impeachment vote

Tensions are high in Brazil this week following the impeachment vote for President Dilma Rousseff Sundaynight. The deliberations for the vote took over five hours of heated arguments before the impeachment vote took place. The Chamber of Deputies’s final vote was 367-137. Rousseff is under fire because she has been accused of tampering with the state budget in order to make the Brazilian economy appear to be better than it was before she was elected in 2014. Some members of a congressional committee also claim that Rousseff was involved in a corruption scheme at an oil company. A video response put out by Rousseff showed her stating that she was innocent of any crime, unlike those accusing her. While the Chamber of Deputies was deliberating, pro- and anti-impeachment protesters gathered outside in Brasilia. The lawmakers were all allowed to speak before they cast their vote, which is what caused the proceedings to last so long. So far, Rousseff has not been implicated in any scandals or schemes.

200 U.S. troops, Apache helicopters to be sent to Iraq

Breaking news this morning: the U.S. will send over an additional 200 or so troops to assist and advice forces already overseas. Apache attack helicopters will also help support these forces in their fight against the Islamic State group. This decision comes as an attempt to take back the city of Mosul, Iraq’s largest city, which has been under Islamic State control for the past two years. The 217 new troops will take the number of soldiers in Iraq from 3,870 to 4,087. As the troop increase has not yet been formally announced, officials have not been able to make a statement on the increase, according to the Associated Press.

Pennsylvania legalizes medical marijuana

Pennsylvania has become the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana on Sunday. The new law will take effect in 30 days. While the Medical Marijuana Act will take effect soon, it is predicted that it could take months or even a year for Pennsylvania to grow marijuana that will be used to treat in-state patients. Education is also needed for the officials who will be working on the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board and for doctors who will be prescribing medical marijuana. The new act contains 17 conditions that medical marijuana can be used to treat, including chronic pain, epilepsy, and cancer.

Debate on tuition rise amidst budget discussions

It looks as if we could be getting a tuition increase at the start of the Fall 2016 semester, along with the rest of Iowa’s public universities. According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, in response to lower-than-requested higher education funding levels at the Iowa State Legislature, the president of the Board of Regents has called for discussion in relation to tuition for public universities. In December, the regents voted to freeze tuition for the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa, but now they are conditional based on the legislature.

Harreld debates athletic funds allocation

University of Iowa president Bruce Harreld has begun debating if the UI’s fiscal problems could be solved by shifting sports revenue into academics. This story comes from an interview Harreld held with the Daily Iowan, where he spoke about his idea, although it is far from being a new idea. In 2011, former state Board of Regents president advocated for allocating athletic funds toward academics.

Odd News:

The State University of New York at Buffalo accidentally sent out acceptance emails to 5,000 students. A spokesman for the University at Buffalo stated that the emails were sent out to students whose applications were still being reviewed, and that even though this accident occurred, the applicants were still being considered for the university. In addition, the university sent out a statement on its website that explained the emails were sent out because an incorrect email list was generated from an applicant database.

The first ever Pastafarian wedding was in New Zealand this weekend, where the pseudo-religion has taken a great hold and generated a large following. Pastafarianism is a part of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which was started in the U.S. as a protest against religion “encroaching” into public schools, although it has gained legitimacy in New Zealand since its beginnings. The wedding rings were made of pasta, and when it was time for the bride and groom to kiss for the first time as a married couple, they did it classic Lady and the Tramp style, with both slurping on the end of a noodle until they met in the middle.