The Daily Iowan

Eric wrote for The Daily Iowan, the University of Iowa's highly-regarded student newspaper, in 2012 as he worked towards completing his undergraduate degree.


UI law enforcement urges precaution in light holiday-season burglary spike - December 14, 2012

With a dramatic increase in the number of reported burglaries over the holidays in the last two years, local law-enforcement officials urge students to take proper precautions before going home for the winter break.

Hospital Ramp 2 to be torn down on Jan. 2 - December 12, 2012

In an effort to make space for a new underground parking facility, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics’ parking ramp 2 will be torn down on Jan. 2, 2013.

Option to text 911 in emergencies likely coming soon - December 12, 2012

People who find themselves in emergency situations will soon be able to send texts to emergency-management authorities in addition to calling them.

UI releases Gray documents, but declines to include resignation letter - December 10, 2012

The Daily Iowan obtained thousands of pages of documents Monday from the University of Iowa regarding former UI adviser Peter Gray. While the documents didn’t provide any major insight into the sexual-misconduct controversy, they provided a few more details in the timeline of Gray’s resignation from the university.

Local officials warn of flu risk - December 7, 2012

Officials from the University of Iowa and the Johnson County Public Health Department urge people to take proper precautions this winter in response to the early spread of the influenza virus.

Big Ten bowl money may drop - December 5, 2012

While the Hawkeye football team will not attend a bowl game this year, the Iowa Athletics Department will still receive a payout from the Big Ten.

Changes in UI Athletics Department gain support - December 3, 2012

Amid a brewing controversy regarding the University of Iowa’s handling of a sexual misconduct investigation regarding former athletics adviser Peter Gray, the Athletics Department’s compliance and student services units will now be separated. A few members of the Presidential Committee on Athletics endorse the decision.

Officials back Mason on privacy - November 30, 2012

Several University of Iowa officials defended the comments UI President Sally Mason made to the Iowa City Press-Citizen on Tuesday concerning the leak of documents regarding alleged sexual misconduct by Peter Gray.

UI to launch seminar for increasing cultural awareness in 2013 - November 28, 2012

In an attempt to both enrich the lives of University of Iowa students and raise cultural awareness, UI officials will be launching a new first-year seminar for the Spring 2013 semester.

Gray was fired from prior job - November 15, 2012

The University of Iowa Presidential Committee on Athletics head said Peter Gray’s previous employment records should have raised red flags during his rehiring process in 2002.

Regent eyes Gray case - November 14, 2012

Iowa Regent Robert Downer is concerned about the process involving the rehiring of Peter Gray in 2002.

UI officials unsure how Peter Gray documents leaked - November 12, 2012

University of Iowa spokesman Tom Moore said he does not know how confidential internal documents regarding Peter Gray and his alleged sexual misconduct were leaked to the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Iron Hawk owner pleased with results of six-month exemption - November 8, 2012

A recently-opened bar has created a new spot for University of Iowa students and community members alike — even the under-21 crowd.

Proposed Johnson County justice-center bond referendum fails to pass - November 7, 2012

The spirited debate among Johnson County voters regarding the building of a new justice center is over. On Tuesday, 56 percent of voters voted in favor of the $46.8 million bond referendum. However, a 60 percent vote was needed in order to pass.


Obama wins landslide victory in Hamburg's Coffee Bean Caucus - November 5, 2012

While the presidential race is widely considered to be neck-and-neck between President Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the Coffee Bean Caucus held by the Hamburg Inn No. 2 produced different results.

Dancing back from surgeries - November 2, 2012

Twenty weeks into Heidi Schmidt’s first pregnancy, the mother of two and her husband received staggering news. Doctors informed the couple that the left side of their unborn child’s heart was underdeveloped.

UI improving its frosh retention - October 31, 2012

Members of the University of Iowa’s 2011-2012 first-year class returned for their second year this fall at a rate of 86 percent

Kid Captain uses artistic talent to raise money to fight arthritis - October 26, 2012

As Jacie Stewart awoke on a morning in April 2008, something was wrong. Her joints, mainly her ankles and knees, were extremely swollen.

UI graduate keeps it spicy with organic burritos - October 22, 2012

When Kyle Sieck worked at a local vegetable stand at the Iowa City Farmers’ Market four years ago, he noticed a need for cooked food.

Kid Captain beats overwhelming odds after botched appendectomy - October 9, 2012

Five percent. As Grant Stracke lay in a bed at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in September 2011, doctors informed Phil and Sara Stracke that their son had a five percent chance of survival.

UI officials 'excited' for IMU reconstruction, Regent 'disappointed' with delays - October 15, 2012

While many University of Iowa officials have voiced their excitement about the reconstruction of the IMU ground floor, one regent is skeptical about the process.

Stressing sustainability - October 12, 2012

University of Iowa officials said the new Sustainable Citizen Program will attempt to unite students and community members in their efforts to become a more sustainable society.

Local Native Americans address election issues - October 10, 2012

While national organizations such as the National Congress of American Indians are pushing their voting advocacy programs among Native Americans in this election, one local organization has not made any organized political effort to encourage voting.

Obama tour backs early voting - October 2, 2012

More people are voting earlier this election year in Johnson County, and Obama for America officials maintain early voting is something college students can and should take advantage of

SafeRide working, officials say - September 26, 2012

After a month of operation, officials from University of Iowa Student Government, the Executive Council on Professional Graduate Students, and Yellow Cab Taxi of Iowa City say the SafeRide program is both effective and problem-free.

UI to use efficient "chiller-heaters" to heat new residence hall - September 24, 2012

As the University of Iowa moves toward its goal of being 40 percent renewable energy efficient in 2020, UI energy engineers are working to implement a more efficient energy system in the newest dorm.

UI celebrates Emancipation Proclamation anniversary - September 18, 2012

As the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation approaches, at least one University of Iowa official doesn’t think there’s enough diversity at the UI.

Kid Captain: Skylar Jacobsen faced overwhelming odds in cancer battle - September 14, 2012

Skylar Jacobsen doesn’t remember much from her early childhood battle with cancer. Although the 13-year-old was too young to recall much of her struggles, her experiences have had a profound effect on her, her family, and all those whom she meets. 

Officials tout growth in UI Virtual Soldier Research Program - September 14, 2012

After nine years, officials at the University of Iowa Virtual Soldier Research say that their program, along with their virtual human “Santos”, is growing at an exciting rate.

Obama visit causes UI, downtown closures - September 6, 2012

Many streets and areas near the Pentacrest will be cleared out as early as this evening, as University of Iowa and Iowa City officials anticipate the arrival of President Obama on Friday.

Former Hawkeye Dwight pushes for solar power at the UI - September 4, 2012

The worldwide initiative to “go green” by expanding solar power has hit the University of Iowa via a former Hawkeye football star.