To both effectively communicate and blend in with the general populace, students quickly pick up the UI vernacular. As a result, parents of first-year students who ask their son or daughter “What’s new?” might hear a response similar to this:
“Well, I hit the IMU to buy Bijou tix, then I ran to the library to access ISIS, but I blanked on my new Hawk ID password. Then one of my friends called, wanting to hang out, so I hauled it to the Pentacrest. Oh yeah, then I was supposed to hook up with another friend across campus so I caught Cambus, which rolled up to UIHC in mere minutes. And then, after a lecture at Pappajohn, I returned to Quad, and my roommate’s not feeling well—off to Student Death in the morning, I hope.”
But fear not, Iowa parents. Parent Times is giving you the information needed to translate several common terms used by UI students—well, at the very least, terms that have UI ties. This way, you won’t respond to Bijou with “gesundheit,” and you’ll know it’s OK for your student to consult the “Herdbook” when calling a potential date.
The University’s mascot, born from the creative pen of late UI journalism professor and Iowa alum Dick Spencer, has patrolled the sidelines at Hawkeye sporting events for more than half a century. Herky not only inspires fans to cheer on the Hawks, but he also has been the muse for Herky on Parade, a public art program in 2004 that displayed creatively attired statues of Herky around Iowa City. Proceeds from an auction of the Herky statues helped support the renovation of Kinnick Stadium.
Shorthand for Kinnick Stadium (named for Heisman Trophy winner and UI standout Nile Kinnick), Kinnick is where 70,000-plus football fans come together to cheer on the Hawkeyes on many an autumn Saturday. Kinnick’s a hot ticket—all seven home games on the 2006 schedule are sold-out.
The Pentacrest, the centerpiece of Iowa’s main campus, includes Old Capitol and the four buildings that surround it: Jessup Hall, Macbride Hall, Schaeffer Hall, and MacLean Hall. Jessup Hall houses the Office of the President as well as the registrar’s and cashier’s offices.
Short for The Daily Iowan, the DI is the University’s award-winning, student-run newspaper, which is distributed free to students in residence halls, Greek housing, and apartments within carrier zones. The news also can be found online at www.dailyiowan.com.
The black and yellow buses that cruise campus are operated by Cambus, the student-run transit system. Anyone can ride, and you don’t need fare to hop on (student fees pay the operating costs). Your student may use terms such as “Blue” or “Red”—these are names of Cambus routes.
Old Capitol was Iowa’s capitol until state government moved to Des Moines in 1857. Since then, Old Capitol has been a University fixture. A disastrous fire in 2001 destroyed the building’s dome, cupola, and bell; renovations concluded with a grand reopening ceremony in May 2006. For a virtual tour of the building, see www.uiowa.edu/~oldcap.
These terms all refer to the Iowa Memorial Union, the University building that features meeting rooms, event spaces and ballrooms, University Book Store, a number of dining options, a hotel (the Iowa House), and many areas for studying or socializing. Recent renovation has created new space for student offices and studying while upgrading many existing facilities. To learn more about the renovation, visit http://imu.uiowa.edu/renovation.
Downtown Iowa City is home to a pedestrian mall, flush with various dining, shopping, and entertainment choices as well as a spot to play chess. Free music concerts are popular in the summer.
by Christopher Clair