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Friends Of “Person Of Interest” Respond To Chinese Student’s Death


Yitong Ling would never have imagined her “super nice” friend Xiangnan Li would be the main person of interest in a suspicious murder case. Even so, Ling said she wasn’t surprised when the Iowa City Police Department released the news Monday, Sept. 29. Continue Reading →

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Governor On Board With University Funding Plan


A controversial new funding distribution plan for Iowa’s three state universities, proposed by the Board of Regents, appears to have strong support from Gov. Terry Branstad. “It makes sense to me that the focus should be on giving higher educational opportunities for Iowa in-state students,” Branstad said in an IowaWatch interview. Continue Reading →

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Iowa Chinese Students Struggle To Adjust, Feel Lack Of Support

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The University of Iowa has intensely recruited Chinese students since 2007, but has made little progress fostering their assimilation to campus life. In some respects, an IowaWatch investigation has found, the university’s practices make interactions with domestic students more difficult and increase isolation. Continue Reading →

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Many Iowa Employers Look For Study Abroad Experience


GOING GLOBAL special report: studying abroad experience can give graduates valuable skills in areas such as communication and collaboration, in addition to cultural awareness, an increasingly sought-after trait in a global economy. Continue Reading →

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Huge Debts Temper Job Searches For 2014 College Graduates In Iowa

Sara Harrington (right), assistant director of academic progress and loans at the University of Iowa’s Office of Student Financial Aid, meets with UI junior Alyssa Lattner on May 1, 2014, to discuss Lattner’s financial aid situation.

Plenty of seniors on Iowa college campuses interviewed this spring for an IowaWatch report on college debt and attitudes about finding a job have been in an 'in-the-now moment'. They will graduate soon and many of them don't have solid plans for paying the bills. Continue Reading →

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Graduating Debt-Free Gave Students A Jump In Job Market


DES MOINES, Iowa -- Some hard work and a little luck has left a handful of graduating seniors at Drake University free of any student-loan debt, and anxiety about wading into the workforce. Erin Hassanzadeh, 21, a graduating broadcast major from Bloomington, Minnesota, who has accepted a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Korea, said she has saved wages from work she has done since she was 13. Her first job was helping out at her parents’ restaurant back home. She also got help from her parents and a generous scholarship from Drake, she said. “I’m very thankful for that,” she said. Continue Reading →

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