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WINTER, 2008-09


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University reopens student union, assesses other flooded areas

The Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) is again available for students to hang out, study, and conduct business in. The facility’s first through third floors reopened on Nov. 3 after flooding closed it in June. While some portions of the building remain closed—the University Book Store and other services are still in alternate locations—the Iowa House Hotel is open and taking reservations, and the River Room is serving its full menu.

The University’s Flood Mitigation Task Force meets regularly to determine the future of numerous campus buildings and facilities. While several reopened in time for fall semester classes, the future of others, particularly on the arts campus, remains uncertain. In November the task force determined that Art Building West will reopen by December 2009. Some arts activities and classes will occupy the former UI Museum of Art, while alternate classroom, meeting, and practice spaces will continue to be used as needed.

The UI Physical Plant was brought back on line in October, and 50 liquid propane gas tanks were installed on the arts campus and near the IMU to prepare buildings for winter weather, ongoing mitigation work, and possible future reoccupation. Water is still being pumped from the lower levels of some unoccupied buildings. Reoccupation of buildings is being done in strict adherence to health and safety codes.

University to change U-bill distribution

Beginning Feb. 1, 2009, the University will no longer mail paper copies of University bills (U-bills) to students. Instead, students will receive e-mail notification when their U-bills are available for review and payment online through ISIS.

E-mail notifications will be sent to students’ University e-mail addresses. Students will be responsible for reviewing their U-bills; forwarding e-mail notifications to parents, guardians, or other third parties who assist with payment; providing ISIS guest access as needed; and making sure their bills are paid. Students who forward U-bill notifications to parents or other third parties should make sure recipients have ISIS guest access. If third parties do not have Internet access, students should print their bills from ISIS and forward the paper copies.

Currently, paper U-bills are sent to students whenever their accounts show activity in the preceding month. The change to electronic billing saves the cost of printing and mailing U-bills, as well as the paper needed to produce printed copies.

For more details, see

Student newspaper earns top honors

The Daily Iowan, the University’s student-run newspaper, has received the annual Pacemaker by the Associated Collegiate Press, which recognizes the top student newspapers in the country. The award is considered to be the Pulitzer Prize for college journalism.

Additional winners came from Texas A&M University, Northwestern University, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, Harvard University, Indiana University, University of Kentucky, Northern Illinois University, and Michigan State University.

Read the Daily Iowan at

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