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Police: Iowa Student Lied About Being Victim of Hate Crime - ABC News

A black University of Iowa student lied about being the victim of a hate crime and was actually an aggressor during several drunken fights that began inside a bar, police said Tuesday.

Marcus Owens, 19, told police that he was attacked in an alley April 30 by three white men who hurled racial slurs and beat him, damaging his eye socket, knocking out his front teeth and cutting his lips. The claim stoked safety concerns and exposed minority students' distrust of university leaders.

But a two-week investigation by Iowa City Police found that a heavily intoxicated Owens was an instigator during several altercations that began inside the Eden Lounge early May 1 and continued in downtown streets.

via abcnews.go.com


Some graduations may not shake out

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Oh look! It's the Class of Whiners - 2016!

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld may see a lot of rejection at this year’s graduation ceremonies.

A movement is spreading around campus that asks seniors to not shake Harreld’s hand as they receive their diplomas at College of Liberal Arts & Sciences commencement on Saturday.

via daily-iowan.com


Quad reacts to offensive message

University of Iowa officials alerted Quadrangle Hall residents Monday about a hate speech drawing directed toward African-American people found in the building.

While details of the message are unclear, Monica Marcelo, the acting Quad coordinator, said offensive drawings were found on a white board defacing a positive Black Lives Matter statement, which were reported May 6.

via daily-iowan.com


College football: Delay in regent's $5M gift to Iowa raises questions | The Salt Lake Tribune

Iowa City, Iowa • The president of the governing body for Iowa's public universities has long used his $5 million pledge to the Hawkeye football program to build his image as a successful businessman and philanthropist.

But years after his 2008 commitment was touted at a news conference as the largest gift to Iowa athletics, Bruce Rastetter has given less than a third of that amount, a review by The Associated Press shows. Another donor who promised $5 million the same day completed his pledge two years ago, and the football training complex they were supporting has been open for about 18 months.

via www.sltrib.com


Wage gap persists at UI

Despite being the first state university in America to admit men and women on an equal basis, gender pay discrepancies among faculty members at the University of Iowa continue to persist, according to newly released data.

UI male professors were paid $138,105 on average in the 2014-15 school year, while female professors earned $120,348, according to data from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

via daily-iowan.com


UI students lobby legislators

Dozens of University of Iowa undergraduate, graduate, and professional students traveled to Des Moines for the Hawkeye Caucus. The annual event brings UI students and department representatives in front of Iowa legislators to discuss the UI’s performance and issues.

If this regents’ request is fulfilled, UI Student Government President Liz Mills said, the money would be used to fund mental-health services and faculty support and retention.

via daily-iowan.com


Celebrating a whole Earth

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: The University has an Office of Sustainability? Really? No wonder tuition keeps getting jacked up....  We need an office to teach us that riding bikes is a good thing?

With April comes showers and a month dedicated to environmental protection.

The UI Office of Sustainability kicked off Earth Month with a bike tune-up day, followed by the start of a month-long bike challenge.

via daily-iowan.com