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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

Jenny Bowman
Position: News Staffer
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Major: Psychology
Minor: Criminology
Fun Fact:  I’ve watched over 100 episodes of forensic files
Why I Joined KRUI: I wanted to work with a cool group of people to present news and good music!
Which days you can find me on the Daily Show:

Ziying (Darren) Chen
Position: News Staffer
Major: journalism and mass communication, english and creative writing, history
Fun Fact:  I am a funny person just like what you are reading right now.
Why I Joined KRUI: I would like to broaden my horizons by gaining work experiences that are related to my majors and meet new people.
Which days you can find me on the Daily Show: Fridays

Josh Halley
Position: News Staffer
Major: Ethics and Public Policy
Fun Fact:  I live with my mutt Frankie!
Why I Joined KRUI: I am passionate about the news and current events. I enjoy sharing with others.

Vera Snodgrass
Position: News Staffer
Major: Creative Writing major on the Publishing track
Fun Fact: I love puzzles and puzzle games! Visual puzzles like tetris, word scrambles, if : then, knots, puzzles are my bread and butter.
Why I Joined KRUI: Radio stations have always been fascinating to me, and I’d like to know what happens in there! That’s simplifying things a bit, but I really like the radio media format! Almost more than visual TV.
Which days you can find me on the Daily Show:

Gina Bawek
Position: News Staffer
Major: Journalism and communications, BA in vocal performance
Fun Fact: I’m a huge plant lover! I have over 50 houseplants ranging from itty bitty to full on trees! 🙂
Why I Joined KRUI: I loved doing radio at my previous college and I would like to continue doing what I love, as well as gain more experience for my future career.
Which days you can find me on the Daily Show:

Marc Cortez
Position: News Staffer
Major: Sport and Recreation Management
Fun Fact: I have 33 first cousins
Why I Joined KRUI: To diversify myself and report on things that interest