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Mayflower north visitor parking lot to close for work on Gateway Project through 2017

The north visitor parking lot located next to the University of Iowa’s Mayflower Residence Hall on Dubuque Street will close on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at noon for continued work on the Iowa City Gateway Project. 

It will remain closed through 2017. The meters will be hooded starting on the evening of Saturday, March 11.

The lot will instead be used for the University of Iowa Cambus turnaround. Cambus is currently using the access road at Terrell Mill Park to turnaround, but this access road will close for crews to begin work to elevate the southbound lanes of Dubuque Street this spring.

The lot is currently used as metered parking for visitors to the residence hall. During this time there is no alternative public parking for visitors. However, one ADA parking space will remain accessible throughout construction.

Visitors are reminded that parking in the bus and fire lane are prohibited and are subject to ticket or tow. 

The Iowa City Gateway Project is a flood mitigation project that will elevate Dubuque Street while also raising and replacing the Park Road Bridge. To receive project updates sign-up for City of Iowa City e-subscriptions and follow the City of Iowa City on Facebook and Twitter using #ICgateway. To learn more, visit icgov.org/gatewayproject


University of Iowa starts admission waitlist

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa has put its first students on an admission waitlist after imposing a new application deadline of March 1 in hopes of keeping next fall’s freshmen class from growing too big.

UI administrators in January announced the earliest-ever deadline, as applications were pouring in and projections showed the upcoming freshmen class could top 6,000 for the first time. President Bruce Harreld over the past year has said he wants to keep the campus’ first-year class in the “sweet spot” of about 5,400.

via www.thegazette.com


Harreld dicusses challenges

The Daily Iowan sat down with University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld last week to discuss his first 10 months at the UI, what he’s worked on, and what he’s planning for the future.

The Daily Iowan: We can just start off; if there’s anything you want to say or start off with. If not, that’s OK, but I just thought I’d let you, if there’s anything you want to say.

Bruce Harreld: Well, just the obvious, it’s a great time of year. It’s the renewal of life on campus.

via daily-iowan.com


Second Thoughts on Bias Response Teams

For months, officials at the University of Iowa have been saying that they would launch a Bias Assessment and Response Team this fall. Such teams exist at many other colleges and universities and typically use the acronym BART.

Many advocates for minority students have pushed for the creation of BARTs, and the Black Student Union at Iowa reviewed and approved the idea of starting one.

But on Thursday, the university's chief diversity officer, Georgina Dodge, announced a change of course. The university will not be unveiling a BART at the start of the academic year, she said. Rather, it will respond to criticism of the BARTs elsewhere by creating a model that would not in any way intrude on faculty members' academic freedom.

"We have seen that the ways BARTs are functioning at some other institutions are not effective, and we want to build a better BART," she said.

via insidehighered.com


University of Iowa to lay off Meyer

A former University of Iowa top Athletic Department administrator will be laid off in September following her reassignment a few years ago and a lawsuit against the UI.

Court documents filed Wednesday said Jane Meyer, the logistical strategist and project manager in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, will no longer be employed by the UI effective Sept. 9.

via daily-iowan.com


UI students face tuition increases

Tuition will go up for all University of Iowa students this coming academic year, but by just how much remains uncertain.

In December, the state Board of Regents approved a $200 tuition increase for resident undergraduates and a $502 increase for nonresident undergrads to take effect at the start of the fall semester.

via daily-iowan.com


University of Iowa ponders effect of AAUP sanction

Following the placement of the University of Iowa on a national sanctions list, UI officials say they are not taking the announcement lightly.

The sanction came from the American Association of University Professors in response to the process the state Board of Regents followed in hiring UI President Bruce Harreld. AAUP cannot target the regents, so the sanction was set against the university.

via daily-iowan.com