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Landlord should embrace sex-positive store

In a time of financial difficulties and unemployment, one person in Iowa City wants to stop two women from having a business downtown.

Toolbox, a "sex-positive" store, has opened in downtown and is receiving some resistance from its landlord. The landlord needs to look past what it sells, because it's not a big deal, anyway, and the establishment brings the landlord money and other businesses in downtown money, as well. The store owners have said that they will have a section that is for 18-year-olds and older, but that the rest of the store will be opened to all ages. How bad can it be if anyone can walk in?

The landlord should be glad he has found a business to rent his space and realize that the store brings in money for him and that it may bring in business for surrounding businesses downtown. So far it is only the landlord who has any opposition to the store, the other businesses and community has supported the store, so the landlord needs to realize it is a good thing. Any successful business at this time is good for him, the downtown, and the community.

Jordan Gerot
UI student

Bored? Don't Facebook, Stumble

For the majority of the semester, I've sat through lectures casually creeping on what or who people were creeping on Facebook. Almost every student who had her or his laptop out was on some sort of social-networking site. In the last couple of weeks, I've been noticing a new trend.

No, it hasn't been Twitter or Google+ that I've been noticing occupying students' screens, but the website StumbleUpon. For those who don't know, StumbleUpon is a collaborative website that virtually filters your interests and gives you webpages that would be of interest to you. When people stumble, they create their own world in which they learn, see, or hear something new and interesting with the click of a button.

I've learned, from StumbleUpon, that I don't have anatidaephobia, the fear that, somewhere, a duck is watching me, and I have watched and taken note of 25 ways to tie a scarf.

So during the upcoming week of finals, when you want a break and want to engage your mind, go to StumbleUpon. I can promise you that you will be, more than once, staring in awe at your screen.

Stop creeping on your friends' cousins' sisters' boyfriend, stop hash-tagging everything, and instead click "Stumble."

Courtney Callahan
UI freshman

HawkAlert needs to be more prompt

According to the University of Iowa, the HawkAlert System is supposed to notify the campus community of threats to physical safety in emergency situations. HawkAlert has never failed to do this, but many think that the notifications are delayed.

There have been several incidents that prove this to be true. On Nov. 14 at 9:20 p.m., the Iowa City police were notified of a man who may have had a gun on him and was seen near campus. The HawkAlert was sent around 10:30 p.m., nearly an hour after the Iowa City police were notified about the incident. Another incident happened almost a year ago with a man who escaped from UI Hospitals and Clinics. The HawkAlert was sent 10 hours after the first incident, which was the man assaulting a UI student and stealing her car.

For the safety of our community, we need HawkAlert to send notifications quicker so people have more time to react. If the UI sent alerts sooner, then the students and faculty would have more trust in the university's ability to protect their safety and well-being.

Stephanie Sremac
UI freshman

Lower tuition, brighten our future

I believe that getting a degree in higher-education is not only necessary to lead to a satisfying job someday, but it is also essential in helping students gain a broader range of knowledge and experience that will lead them through the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, rising tuition makes it more difficult to get through college. And with our struggling economy, there are those who simply cannot afford an undergraduate education.

Rising college costs are a continuous concern for young people.

It seems to be a given that tuition will continue to rise. For those in the middle and lower classes, this is becoming more difficult to accept and deal with. While higher-income families are better able to afford quality education for their children, those at lower economic levels are left with fewer and fewer options for their children.

I realize that University of Iowa administrators and the state Board of Regents are struggling to keep our college costs at a minimum. It's the sign of our times.

UI Graduate College Dean John Keller said "that while UI and other schools try to maintain low tuition rates at all levels of education, the increase is more significant at the undergraduate level than the graduate level."

Who do the middle and lower classes turn to if they cannot even afford tuition at the undergraduate level?

University administrators, the regents, other educational leaders, and even our legislators need to find ways to give everyone and anyone of all economic levels a fair chance to get the best education as possible at the UI. Young people are the future of the world, so ensuring that they can get an affordable education is key to a bigger and brighter future for all people.

Danielle Healy
UI student

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